Short Story

Short story: A Day at the Beach

Jess felt sad that her mum often seemed to need ‘space’ away from the family. But on a visit to the beach, her mum’s need for time away from her husband and daughter takes on a more sinister tone.

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MiNDFOOD NZ & AU Short Story Winners 2021

Supporting the creative communities in both New Zealand and Australia is an important part of MiNDFOOD. This is why each month we showcase local talent by publishing a short story from one budding writer. Here are the grand winners from both countries for 2021.

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Short Story: Farm Dogs

Life on the farm is unrelentingly hard for Sue and her mother. Sue can’t wait for the day she can head to Auckland, leaving her father behind. Can she persuade her mother to leave with her?

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Short Story: Two Paths Crossing

She wasn’t sure who the young girl was, but she knew it was no place for her to be sitting on the floor alone. When she intervened to save the girl from potential harm, she realised she could offer a safe home environment for people like her … and change both of their lives for the better.

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Short Story: The Nature of Things

Within their busy office environment, Quinn and Dan circle around their attraction to each other. What will it take for them to acknowledge their feelings and act upon them?

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Short Story Winner New Zealand 2021: Blushing Bridey

It’s Sarah’s big day – her wedding to her beloved Freddy – and all the family are on hand to share in her happiness…Mum, Dad, sisters Vanessa and Sharlene. But are they actually?

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Short Story: Doreen

Burt’s wife, Doreen had died following an untimely ‘accident’ some time ago. But one day, as he happily took his previously banned paints and easel out into the garden, Burt thought he could hear a familiar voice berating him from the base of the willow tree.

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Short Story: The Chocolate Grail

From the tender age of six, a search for the best chocolate cake in the world had occupied the author’s mind and stomach. From England to the Antipodes, then back to Europe, the decades-long search stretched. But could that perfect slice of cake now be (literally) within reach?

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Short Story: These Halcyon Days

Robert McBride was sure that when he entered The Commission building he would be granted a delay in his admission, considering his status as a prominent author. As he waited, he thought about his life, as well as his nemesis, Vernon Hunt, who was a villain in nearly all of his books.

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Short Story: The Blackbird

Life in the rest home was not exactly a barrel of laughs for Peter, a former farmer who grieved the loss of his independence. Days punctuated by unsatisfactory meals and the deaths of other residents made him wonder when his own turn would come…until one day, he heard a bark.

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Short Story: Jungle Heat

When his mother packs her bags and leaves his father, Sidney thinks marital strife is the only thing he’ll have to worry about. Yet the arrival of a vengeful leopard threatens everyone’s peace.

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Short Story: Aotearoa 1950

One man reflects on a simple but honest childhood growing up in the wake of WWII that instilled in him the values and respect that helped form who he became today.

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Short Story: Take The Chair

The chair was old. Its armrests and legs were scuffed and its vinyl seat was torn, and Mum didn’t think anyone would bother picking it up from the side of the road. But Dad believed in its value – all it needed was a little work to bring out its inner beauty. And maybe it would turn out to be a diamond in the rough after all.

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Short Story: Growth Rings

Living in a nursing home, 92-year-old Albert didn’t find he had much to look forward to. Far better to lose himself in memories of his days as a daring 12-year-old, ready to climb any tree on offer with the fearless Allison.

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Short Story: Reunion

Maxine left her native South Africa to travel the world, finally settling in Australia. When her 30-year school reunion rolls around, she gathers the courage to go home, revisit the past, and set some old wrongs to right.

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Short Story: Carousel

Janie loved her high-powered job, the overseas business travel, the colleagues she met through her work, the weekend flings with no-cling men … she even loved her recalcitrant suitcase. Didn’t she?

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Flying

Ngaire, Ruthie and Ernest grew up with their mum, Lizzie and dad, George in a typical suburban household. Only when […]

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Short Story: A rough ride

It started as just a normal, cheerful day for Vinnie, with all the familiar faces of his passengers. But then he caught sight of the blonde woman and her son in the queue – and he felt a heaviness in his heart.

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Red Dirt In Her Veins

She grew up in the Pilbara with best buddies Mary and Trevor. They were inseparable. But she was different – she was born in the city centre and didn’t look like a scrounger, like the other two. She was the one who married Trevor and had five kids, so why is it that she hates Mary with a vengeance?

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Short Story: The lightness of being

The accident had not only robbed Grace of her mobility, it had taken away her sense of who she was. Would adjusting to the pace of life in the country have the power to restore her wellbeing & happiness?

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Short Story: Matilda Rose and the Beekeeper

Matilda had sworn off dating – until one day a beekeeper named Bill walked into her shop and stole her heart. But the buzz is that Bill has a secret. Will their relationship survive it?

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Short Story: The Counsellor

Sitting in the industrial green room with its collection of tattered armchairs and lost souls, can John offer help to […]

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Short Story: Cautious Kate

Her mum had brought her up to always be cautious of strangers after what had happened to Great-Aunt Bertha, but […]

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Short Story: Ponzi in the Pilbara

A ‘priceless’ opportunity from spruiker Trevor promises an escape from a humdrum existence in Karratha for Pina. So why the […]

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